William Brownridge was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan in 1932, the youngest of 5 children. Being the youngest Bill always looked up to his older brothers, both pilots in the RCAF and both successful hockey players. However Bill was diagnosed early with Spina Bifida and clubfeet. Having to sit a lot prompted Bill to start drawing and then painting, using art as a way to escape immobility and gain a degree of independence.
Bill received his formal training from the Alberta Institute of Technology and Art and graduated as a Graphic Designer going on to work in advertising. Although he cherishes those years working and raising a family he always wanted to devote himself to personal expression through painting.
Stemmed from his brothers’ influence, Bill’s inspiration has always come from hockey. Impressions from the outdoor rink are forever imprinted on his mind. “The frozen air seem[s] to sharpen all sounds – the clash of sticks, the hiss of blades and the crack of pucks on boards”. Capturing the sheer joy, enthusiasm and naiveté of children playing has been an endless source of fascination and love.
Bill’s work can be found in corporate and Government collections, NHL offices and countless players’ and fans’ homes. Bill has also published three children’s books: The Moccasin Goalie, The Final Gamer and Victory at Paradise Hill.
My painting technique is pointillism. As prairie dweller, I am fascinated by the effects of light; its luminosity, its relationships, its mood and, of course, its colours. I relish “fat” paint and now more than ever, love to use its texture and encrustment. Bright colour is an important element in the painting. Working with the full chromatic scales is a real passion. Perhaps because I could never run or skate, my work in often filled with action. I have studied movement all my life and usually you will find the power of diagonals in every composition. Spontaneity is important in my approach to painting, I work directly, and I usually finish a piece in three or four sessions.